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Karl Seigfried: Ancient Astronaut Theorist?

  I don’t usually watch the (truly awful) History Channel show Ancient Aliens. But I happened to come across an episode titled “The Viking Gods” (originally aired in 2013), I figured it would be fun for a lark to record it and watch. The whole episode is actually available online, here. I don’t recommend watching… Continue reading Karl Seigfried: Ancient Astronaut Theorist?

archaeology · Asatru · History · Islam · Scandinavia · Vikings

On Those Muslim Vikings

Last week headlines rocked around the Internet with an amazing discovery by Annika Larsson of Uppsala University. Apparently in a Viking-era grave, there was Islamic writing showing the name of Allah in gold thread. The Independent wrote a very lengthy article describing the news. Even the Drudge Report linked to the story. It was a… Continue reading On Those Muslim Vikings

Asatru · Christianity · History · ritual

Snorri and the Ember Days

In light of some recent discussions about holidays and the calendar held over on the Facebook Reconstructionist Heathenry page (which I highly recommend for quality and erudite discussion on matters of historicity), I’ve been thinking about the origin of the three sacrifices Snorri attributes to Odin in Ynglinga Saga. Here’s the ON (via Þá… Continue reading Snorri and the Ember Days

Asatru · Christianity · folklore · History · Resurrection of the Bones · Saints · Witchcraft

St. Germain of Auxerre (Part 2)

In my previous installment, I noted that the life of Saint Germain of Auxerre seemed to recall an The Golden Legend of Jacobus de Voragine, published in 1275:episode, or at least a theme, that had a loose connection with the tradition of the Feast of the Parcae, or Mothers’ Night. In this installment, I’d like… Continue reading St. Germain of Auxerre (Part 2)

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St. Germain of Auxerre (part 1)

St. Germain of Auxerre. Doesn’t he justlook like a self-righteous prig? There are some interesting passages in the Life of St. Germain of Auxerre (c. 378 – c. 448), also known as Germanus. Note that the name denotes someone connected with the Germanic tribes, and he lived in Gaul during a time of great Frankish… Continue reading St. Germain of Auxerre (part 1)